Don't Leave Me: Middle School Small Groups 2.14.16

This week we wrapped up our series called Me by talking about when life gets hard and how we respond.

Session Summary

Sometime's we'll feel disappointed in life or even in God. On Sunday we talked about what happens when the world doesn't make sense and our hearts cry, "Don't leave me." Sometimes life is hard. Maybe you've already experienced loss, or maybe you haven't. But at some point, we will all experience heartbreak. Jeremiah was a prophet whose city, Jerusalem, was destroyed and he was left heartbroken. He grieved openly to God, but he still had hope. He knew God never left him. 

A lament is a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. Students had the opportunity to write their own personal laments. Don't worry about hurting God. He knows. Be honest with him. Even when your heart is broken and when life doesn't make sense, God will never leave you.

The Bottom Line

When my heart is broken, God never leaves me.

Scripture

This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit. - Lamentations 1:16 NIV

The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. - Lamentations 3:19-23 NIV

Continue the Conversation at Home: Questions for Family Discussion

  • When was the last time you had your heart broken?
  • Have you ever lost someone, or something, that you really cared about?
  • What do you think it means to have hope even when life is a mess?
  • This week, what is one thing that breaks your heart that you want to talk to God about honestly?